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The Gathering Audiobook

The Gathering

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Publisher's Summary

Man Booker Prize, Fiction, 2007

Regarded as one of her country's foremost voices, Irish author Anne Enright makes a fresh mark on a rich literary tradition. The Gathering is a deeply insightful family saga, steeped in secrets and intrigue, unfolding over three generations.

©2007 Anne Enright; (P)2008 Recorded Books

What the Critics Say

"Enright's hypnotic prose turns...desperation into something fierce and beautiful." (Booklist)
"A melancholic love and rage bubbles just beneath the surface of this Dublin clan, and Enright explores it unflinchingly." (Publishers Weekly)

What Members Say

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    Erin 04-16-15
    Erin 04-16-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Beautiful, but hard to finish"

    Beautiful language, less than compelling story. I didn't feel engaged or care about the characters. Author is an exceedingly skilled writer, but I left this feeling less than satisfied.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Portland, OR, United States 01-03-12
    Mary Portland, OR, United States 01-03-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Depressing and tedious"

    This is tediously written and the narrator is depressed and depressing. It seems to touch on all the stereotypes of the Irish: alcoholism, dysfunctional families, abuse. More than half way into it, I just couldn't take the narrative any more or the constant switching from present to past and the it-might-have-happened-this-way approach. Ugh!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Candice Bradley 02-11-11

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    "Underserving of the Booker Prize"

    Not only is the story negative and depressing, but every sentence is itself negative and depressing. I can't figure out how this book won the Booker Prize. It is no Coetzee, that's for sure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    E. Golladay Greenville, SC USA 08-14-08
    E. Golladay Greenville, SC USA 08-14-08 Listener Since 2006
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    "Cure for Insomnia"

    This might be one of those great dark, Irish books if you are reading it, but listening to this book is torture. These are the most boring people on earth. I gave up after the first third and came to the web site for another book. The narrator should just divorce her husband and move on -- maybe get a job and a life. Initially I wanted to know what happened to Liam as a child, but then I just wanted it to end.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Paul H. Pugh Flower Mound, TX 10-16-09
    Paul H. Pugh Flower Mound, TX 10-16-09 Listener Since 2007

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    "Boring"

    This book had nothng to it. You waited and waited for something to happen and nothing ever did. there is too much fowl language and it degrades the book even more. It seemed that the author had too much time on her hands.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Phalene 01-29-11
    Phalene 01-29-11
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    "Drags on, slow, there's no point"

    Very, very slow story. It just drags on and on and on.................
    There's no point to the story. No real defined plot.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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